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dicty (comparative dictier, superlative dictiest)

  1. (African American Vernacular) stylish and respectable; high-class
  2. (African American Vernacular) striving to seem stylish and respectable; pretentious
  3. (African American Vernacular) snobbish and uptight
    • 1957, James Baldwin, “Sonny’s Blues,” in Going to Meet the Man, Dial, 1965,[1]
      We had already decided that he'd have to move in with Isabel and her folks. I knew this wasn't the ideal arrangement because Isabel's folks are inclined to be dicty and they hadn't especially wanted Isabel to marry me. But I didn't know what else to do.


dicty (plural dicties)

  1. (African American Vernacular) An upper-class black.